Has been mayor for 36 years.

Published: Tuesday, August 20, 2013 at 06:39 PM.

Garner said a previous town board while Gilbert Slaughter was mayor had purchased land where the town hall and library are located, and the library was first to be built on the site while a warehouse was used temporarily for some town office space.

Land where the post office is now located was purchased with plans to eventually build a municipal building.

Garner said that changed when a real estate company showed up looking for a spot to build a post office in Newport. They would need the whole site the town had set aside for municipal offices.

"I asked them what kind of price they could offer. They said, well, the most we could offer is $240,000, and I said that’s the least we can take," he said. "I won’t say how much they paid but we built the town hall (adjacent to the library) and we furnished it and it was a turn-key job."

The town park, the police station and multiple sewer upgrades, including a new wastewater facility ready to be built, are a few of the other projects that have highlighted Garner’s time as mayor.

Garner has also served as a voice for the wider community, particularly when it comes to protecting the military presence in the region and state.

He retired from a 42-year career at Cherry Point in 1992, achieving the position of manager of systems safety engineering at Fleet Readiness Center East.

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